I wonder who first coined the phrase “I misspoke” when caught in a lie ? If I were a betting man I would bet odds on it was a politician.
A classic was Hillary’s during her presidential campaign after being exposed for saying she had landed under gunfire in Bosnia.
Now it may sound heroic to make such a claim, or if it were actually true, but I’m inclined to think if such were the case it would have made a lasting impression and a person would have no need to “misspeak” about it.
Another would be James Clapper’s inane telling “the least erroneous truth” during hearings related to governmental spying and the abuse of Constitutional rights directed at a civilian population.
What’s particularly insulting about this sort of thing other than attempting to hoodwink the public is the unbridled arrogance and sense of entitlement such lies are told with – the nature of politics though.
Politics and the day to day operation have become a carnival, lot of noise and “prizes” offered to distract.
There’s no longer the sideshow of Little Egypt and her Dance of the Seven Veils or the Wild Man of Borneo, now it’s entirely about sleight of hand, cheap tricks, and the chicanery of language manipulation and abuse.
It must be that the public understands all this, that they are as much aware of the hustle and charade as they are when visiting the carnival and make the same allowances.
Difference is when you exit the carnival it’s left behind, the only remnants that remain are the memories, maybe a little indigestion or a cheap made in China “prize” that was “won” after paying ten times it’s market value in a game rigged to favor the house.
That’s the game of politics, replete with barkers, con artists, and even a freak show or two, though the word freak show is politically incorrect and sure to set politicians sputtering, waving the flag, and perhaps even shedding a patriotic tear.
People seek entertainment when visiting the carnival, there isn’t much the government is doing that could be referred to as entertaining and the cost far outstrips that of attending the carnival for a few hours – in the end though I suspect no one really expects value for their dollar anymore.
What is sorely needed is a new generation of politicians, ones who know and understand what the words public service mean as opposed to a perk ladened “career”.
There are candidates who reflect this desire to serve, always underfunded and waging an uphill battle, as that too, regrettably, is the nature of politics, and voters ultimately must accept the responsibility for that.